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President Barack Obama signs the John M. Roll United States Courthouse Bill in Washington
From left, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Pia Carusone, chief of staff for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ), and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) listen as President Barack Obama speaks before signing the John M. Roll United States Courthouse Bill in the Oval Office of the White House, February 17, 2011 in Washington. President Obama signed the bill which names a federal courthouse in Yuma, Arizona after Judge John Roll who was a federal judge killed along with 18 others by Jared Loughner during a shooting in Tucson. UPI/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Flake (born December 31, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Flake was born in Snowflake, Arizona (named in part for his great-great-grandfather, Mormon pioneer William J. Flake), was educated at Brigham Young University and was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa in the early 1980s. He worked in the public affairs sector after college and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House.

Flake is often among a handful of Republicans casting 'no' votes on bills most of his party supports.

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